New Library System African Studies Centre Leiden: Some delays in November 2017

The library system of the African Studies Centre Leiden will be integrated into the library system of Leiden University. This will both effect the ASCL Online Catalogue and the lending system. From Monday 13 November to Monday 27 November staff will work to transfer the old library system to the new system. Current book loans will be automatically transferred. All book titles will be transferred to the Leiden catalogue (both in the general catalogue and in a separate sub-catalogue).

Practical issues

  • the old online catalogue will be available until 31 December 2017 (but the old catalogue will not be updated from 13 November onwards)
  • patrons can use their university card (LU Card) for borrowing books from 27 November onwards;
  • patrons from outside Leiden University will need a new card, which will be handed out by the ASCL;
  • during the transition period in November, books can be returned and new books can be borrowed;
  • some delays can occur in the first months during borrowing transactions;
  • several products of the ASCL Library (alerts, abstracts online, acquisition lists) have to be redesigned. It will take several weeks (and sometimes months) before the new versions will be ready.

Library of the African Studies Centre Leiden, November 2017